And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Eisenberg created the graphic below to counter the creationist themes he’s seen spring into science classes recently. A Penn State University poll in 2011 found 59% of teachers are wary of discussing evolution in the classroom and fear sparking controversy by teaching it. Even more worrying, another 13% dismiss it all together and instead teach intelligent design or creationism in class.
“I run into this even when teaching about Earth history, how life and the planet have changed through time,” Eisenberg told Business Insider in an email.
What is creationism?
Creationism is the belief that the Universe and Life originate “from specific acts of divine creation.” For young Earth creationists, this includes taking a Biblical literalism to the Genesis creation narrative and the rejection of the scientific theory of evolution.
It is a concept defined by man.
What is evolutionism?
Evolutionism was a common 19th century belief that organisms inherently improve themselves through progressive inherited change over time, and increase in complexity through evolution. The belief went on to include cultural evolution and social evolution.
It is another concept defined by man.
Both creationism and evolutionism are ideas formed by men through their observation and their findings.
What is human?
A human being, especially a person as distinguished from an animal or (in science fiction) an alien.
What is mankind?
Human beings considered collectively; the human race.
Well, if I may contribute my humble opinion / observation, Genesis 1:26 is 100% true and correct regardless of the above definitions. The verse tells us that God made man according to God’s image and likeness. In God’s words, and in my observation, there is no other kind of living thing that can compare with humans. According to the word of God, men and women are God’s kind.
Well. Wouldn’t you agree?
Although it is also true that the verse (or verses) did not tell us more specifically how God made man (in what way or manner; by what means; under what time-frame… etc), if you would consider, the Bible is a book written by God. Perhaps there is a reason that an Author of a book decided not to mention how He created man.
If you would also consider any created things that you appreciate in your life: a sophisticated camera, an iPhone, or a car, each of these items are often made by many people, with much work and lots of time as the knowledge, methodology, and processes are very complicated. Perhaps there is a reason that the sales guy decided not to mention how much work it was put into creating each of these items, because he knows we would be much more interested in what purposes it serves, how its designs were realized, and how the created thing is envisioned to be useful and appreciated by certain people. I love driving my Subaru Impreza Hatchback, but I would never buy it because I know how it was made: I got it because it drives well and is packed with features.
So save yourself and your valuable time from arguing creationism vs evolutionism. Feel free to dig deeper into what the eternal God is capable of doing and what he has already accomplished in eternity past, but God made man should be as clear as a concept as Steve Jobs has made iPhone. (I apologize if this is an inappropriate comparison… I hope you know what I mean.)
Or, just spend more time to learn how to be a man of God.
Grace be with you all. Amen.
All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17